Halftime report: Vikings 17, 49ers 3


Halftime report: Vikings 17, 49ers 3

MINNEAPOLIS -- It was the Christian Ponder show in the first half, as the Minnesota Vikings' second-year quarterback picked apart the 49ers' defense with his arm . . . and his legs.Ponder made a fantastic 1-yard touchdown throw to tight end Kyle Rudolph on a bootleg under pressure from Dashon Goldson. Then, he scrambled 23 yards up the middle for a touchdown midway through the second quarter.The Vikings led the 49ers 17-3 at halftime.Ponder made the vaunted 49ers' defense look ordinary. Ponder completed 15 of 23 passes for 143 yards in the first half. The 49ers did a good job of keeping Adrian Peterson in check. He gained just 29 yards on 14 rushing attempts.Meanwhile, the 49ers' offense converted some third downs but could not finish its drives.David Akers kicked a 29-yard field goal, but his second attempt (43 yards) was blocked as Vikings lineman Letroy Guion got penetration against left guard Leonard Davis.The Vikings took over and set up kicker Blair Walsh for a 52-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.Quarterback Alex Smith tried to get the ball to Randy Moss, but overshot him high three times on incomplete passes. Moss was making his first appearance in Minnesota as a visiting player. He received a loud reaction -- mostly cheers -- when he was introduced as part of the 49ers' starting lineup. Moss got his first starting assignment with the 49ers on Sunday.Moss had two catches for 15 yards in the first half, but he could've had a lot more.Smith had Moss open for what could've been an 18-yard touchdown, but the throw was high. Moss had one high throw glance of his hands. Another time, Smith had to get rid of the ball quick to beat the blitz and Moss had yet to turn and look for the ball.Smith completed 13 of 19 pass attempts for 90 yards. Michael Crabtree had four catches for 27 yards. Frank Gore rushed for 32 yards on six attempts.49ers play time
RBs: Frank Gore 24, Bruce Miller 7, Kendall Hunter 4.
WRs: Michael Crabtree 26, Randy Moss 14, Mario Manningham 13, Kyle Williams 8.
TEs: Vernon Davis 29, Delanie Walker 16.
Extra blockers: Daniel Kilgore 1.

Shanahan delegates offensive duties to 49ers staff

Shanahan delegates offensive duties to 49ers staff

SANTA CLARA – Kyle Shanahan will retain the role he held the past nine seasons in his first year as head coach of the 49ers.

Shanahan eschewed the formality of naming an offensive coordinator because he will keep those duties for himself. Still, Shanahan made it clear that he alone will not be able to fix the 49ers’ offense.

Shanahan has assembled a supporting cast that he said makes him comfortable to delegate responsibilities whenever his attention has to be focused on something other than the team’s offense.

“I mix it up,” said Shanahan, who previously held offensive coordinator roles with Houston, Washington, Cleveland and Atlanta. “Different guys have different attributes.”

Mike McDaniel and Mike LaFleur joined Shanahan after time together on the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive staff. McDaniel is the run-game specialist, while LaFleur, the wide receivers coach, is the pass-game specialist.

Tight ends coach Jon Embree, formerly the head coach at Colorado, is Shanahan’s assistant head coach. Shanahan said Embree has a vocal role on his staff.

Moreover, long-time NFL running backs coach Bobby Turner is a trusted assistant after spending 14 seasons in Denver and four more in Washington with Mike Shanahan, Kyle’s father. Turner coached under Kyle Shanahan the past two seasons with the Falcons.

”Bobby Turner’s been an assistant head coach for our teams we’ve had in the past and anytime that I need him to take over, he does,” Shanahan said. “So it depends what period it is, depends what we’re talking about.”

The 49ers opened organized team activities last week. It was the first time the 49ers’ rookies and veterans were together on the field for offense vs. defense practices. Shanahan said it takes some adjustment for him to figure out how to best budget his time during the workouts.

“I’m used to knowing exactly where to go and what to do and I always did that from an offensive coordinator standpoint which I still do a lot of those responsibilities,” Shanahan said. “So, at times, I feel most comfortable when I go to do that because that’s something to do. But, when I pass it over to some other guys and let them do it, I find myself walking around a lot and I’m not used to that.

“It feels awkward, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing. I think I should walk around and watch everyone and see it. I always see it on the tape, but that’s later at night. You want players to know you’re there and paying attention to everything and I usually try to cover that in meetings the next day also.”

Harbaugh goes Biblical, responds to Jacobs' criticisms of his coaching

Harbaugh goes Biblical, responds to Jacobs' criticisms of his coaching

Former NFL running back Brandon Jacobs spent one season with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012 under head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Jacobs only played in two games and gained seven yards on five carries. The results were nothing like his 5,087 yards and 60 touchdowns over eight years with the Giants. 

Apparently being pushed to the bench as a 31-year-old veteran running back didn't sit well with Jacobs. 

“Going somewhere where they don’t have route conversions into certain coverages was just absurd,” Jacobs said Thursday on the Tiki and Tierney Show. “They’re just running routes in the defense, getting people killed. Size and strength is what they had, and that’s why they won.

"Let’s be real. They had great assistant coaches, but Jim didn’t know what he was doing. Jim had no idea. Jim is throwing slants into Cover-2 safeties, getting people hurt. That guy knew nothing, man."

On Saturday morning, Harbaugh responded to Jacobs with a tweet to him. 

Harbaugh went 44-19-1 in four seasons as the 49ers' head coach. He also added five playoff wins and a trip to the Super Bowl in the 2012-13 season, the one that Jacobs played for him.